Tigers on a record-breaking tear, with more milestones within reach

Victory over Maryland would be Clemson's 12 straight at Death Valley; Hopkins needs 82 yards for career yardage record

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a 45-yard touchdown pass over Duke's Lee Butler in the first quarter at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. The score was Hopkins' third of the quarter.

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Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a 45-yard touchdown pass over Duke's Lee Butler in the first quarter at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. The score was Hopkins' third of the quarter.

As Clemson kicks off its first three-game, season-ending homestand since 1998, the Tigers are on a record-breaking tear, with more milestones within grasp.

At the top of the list is the school record for consecutive victories at Death Valley. A win over Maryland on Saturday will give Clemson 12 straight victories at home, dating back to the 2010 South Carolina game.

Individually, even a below 'average' performance on Saturday will propel DeAndre Hopkins past his uncle, the late Terry Smith, and Aaron Kelly to No. 1 on Clemson's career reception yardage list. Hopkins will start the game in third place, 29 yards behind Smith and 81 behind Kelly. Hopkins ranks second in the ACC and sixth nationally in reception yards per game, with a 115.2 average.

Every touchdown catch by Hopkins from hereon will extend his school record, which he broke last week with the 20th, 21st and 22nd of his career against Duke.

The Tiger offense has a chance to extend its school and ACC record by scoring 37 points or more in its ninth consecutive game.

Clemson can also extend a school mark by beating Maryland by 14 points or more. The Tigers have won their last five games by at least a two-touchdown margin - the longest such streak in school history.

Tajh Boyd's season passing efficiency rating of 170.2 ranks fourth in the nation and is on pace to set a new school record.

If the Tigers score a touchdown in the second period against Maryland, they'll set a new season record for second-quarter points.

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TigerShore12 writes:

With Maryland's injury bug and a new found confidence that I haven't seen in years, the tigers should surpass all of these records on Saturday. Stay classy tigers and remain on-point for all opponents.

TwoWheelTiger writes:

After our disappointing end season last year, it is absolutely great to see the Tigers poised to break so many individual and team records this year. We are making great strides towards achieving the consistency that Coach Sweeney is seeking. And the defense is also finding its strength. One game at a time; remained focused.

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